Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quadruple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quadruple chocolate chip cookies: because if you don't use all the chocolate, you might as well use none of the chocolate.
These cookies are intense. In a good way. In an all consuming way. I've been talking about them a lot, thinking about them a lot. I've found myself waiting to come home to them. Sneaking them into work in my purse and not sharing them with anyone.

They're just that good. A chocolate cookie with dark, milk, and white chocolate chips. The chocolates form an alliance that's neither too sweet nor too overbearing and the result sends me into a near panic with how perfect it is. 

Not a single chocolate craving can survive these.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Homemade Gnocchi

Making gnocchi is a lesson in simplicity.
I don't remember the first time I had gnocchi. I don't remember where I was, who I was with, or even if it happened earlier than a few years ago (it totally did). But I do remember a lingering fondness for these soft little potato pillows. A fondness that prompted me to make my own, and discover how such simple ingredients can be turned into something impeccable.

With just potato, flour, and some seasoning, come these delicate little treasures. The process seems intimidating, and the legends are terrifying tales of gnocchi gone wrong, but trust: If I can make these, you can make these. I'm the one who lit her microwave on fire. Twice.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Spiced Sweet Potato Donuts

These donuts. They're something else. And actually kind of healthy... (for a donut).
Health is rarely a selling point with me when it comes to dessert, especially donuts. But with just a few tablespoons of butter, two sweet potatoes, and no deep frying? And they still taste amazing? Please. You can't beat this.
I pitched the idea of sharing one for breakfast with the boy, and his 4 year old brain couldn't handle it. "But Mom," he said, "they're not THAT healthy. They're covered in sugar! Let's have Cheerios with blueberries instead. That's a much healthier breakfast, and we'll feel better if we eat it." Fine, kid. But I'm very disappointed. 

And now, if you excuse me, I have some Queen to listen to. Happy birthday, Freddie!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carrot and Potato Latkes

It's real food!
For years I hated cooking. I loved baking instead, with its strict rules and sweet results. But lately I've had a change of heart, and have started to enjoy cooking as well.  This is, no doubt, due a large part to my allergens creeping into new food corners every day. It's becoming increasingly easier to just make everything from scratch.

And so, I will be sharing these new adventures with you, including these delicious, crispy, potato and carrot latkes.


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